There is nothing more frustrating than sitting waiting for a TV programme to buffer or a file to download. With faster broadband speed, you spend less time waiting for a task to complete. Advertised speeds are usually prefixed by the words “up to”. The internet ebbs and flows according to conditions, level of usage, latency in networks and for many other reasons. However, there are certain things you can do to maximise the bandwidth you do get.  Here we present a guide to making sure you get the best from your broadband.

The Wireless Router

The first thing you need to do is make sure that the data you are trying to receive is not being bottlenecked by your router. Over a period of time routers become cluttered with lots of excess digital data that needs flushing. The best way to do this is to reboot your router and your broadband modem by turning the mains power off for 20 seconds or until all the lights go out. Then turn the power back on.

Router position in your house is very important. Positioning it in a higher part of the house and having the signal cascading down is the most effective way of distributing it you to adevices throughout the home. For a single device, the general rule is that the closer it is to the router, the better the signal.

In these days of superfast broadband roter speed could now be an issue if you have an older router. It may be that the speed of an older router simply cannot deliver the full speed of your broadband package. If this is the case it will certainly pay you to update to a more modern router that is capable of delivering the full speed that is provided by your provider

Make Sure You Have Secured Your WiFi

All routers come with the ability to secure your WiFi with password access. This will ensure that nobody else is able to use your connection and take up your bandwidth

Analyse the Way You Use Your Devices

There are certain things that can take a lot of bandwidth without you even being aware. Programmes that are constantly updating themselves like Facebook, MSN and Skype, can take a lot of bandwidth. If you are trying to stream TV or films it would be advisable to make sure that you have quit these programmes to get the best performance.

Most peer to peer clients also use up your bandwidth. Many people use these to download a variety of files and then close them without actually quitting. Unless they actively exit the programme, just closing it will not stop it working. The nature of peer to peer is that without exiting the programme, it will still be using your bandwidth to seed and upload files from your hard drive to other users. This can take up a great deal of bandwidth.

There is no substitute for basic speed from your provider but these tips will help you to maximise what you have. If you still have speed issues you may be able improve your basic speed  by upgrading your package.